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    10-03-2010, 07:33 AM
  #1
Yearling
Unhappy ~ Fighting right up until the end...

This really sucks...the barn I ride at is probably going to have to close down due to financial reasons. The worst thing about this is that there is probably nothing me or my two friends can really do about it...

I suppose it would be easy to just say to move to another barn, but the thing is, I don't want to. This is the best barn I have ever been at. Okay, sure, the facilities aren't the best (stables are run down and only used to feed the horses; arenas, fences and gates aren't great; 'tack room' is in our instructors house) and the horses aren't always at the healthiest weight, but the things we have learnt there and the fun we always have...

The absolute best part is our two instructors. They both live at the barn, so they are always there. We treat them like second parents even though they are only about 10 years older than us. Their one year old son is like a brother to us. When they teach us they go at a pace that we are comfortable with, they know exactly when to push us a little and when we are ready to move up a level. In short, they are the best instructors ever.

Now if they have to close down - which they might have to because they won't be able to afford to feed their 13 horses - then us three girls won't have anywhere to go. Already so many children have left to go to fancier riding schools where they push you to jump 1 metre in 1 week! And there is no way that we are going to those riding schools because all they care about is how high you are jumping in how short a period of time. They just want as many people jumping high as possible. Its all just $$$ for them.

And yes, I understand that riding schools are meant to make lots of $$$ so they are able to teach more people how to ride. But these riding schools have absolutely no feeling for you as an individual. They see you as a machine that will earn them money and fame.

I know not all of you are going to agree with me loving this barn so much. If you don't agree, please explain why you don't, because I'd just like to know and get to know other people's opinions about this.

Also, to add, us three girls are starting fund raisers for our barn. We are so determined to keep our barn open that we are holding mini 'pony camps' at the one girl's farm (she has her own horses their but she still rides at this barn we are trying to save) where children can come and learn about horses. We then give all the money we raised from these camps and give it to our instructors.

Our instructors have told us that "if" they do close down, they are just going to keep us three and carry on training us. I'm really happy about this, but it will not be the same. They will still have to sell a lot of the horses and maybe even move to another place.

Just when things are going so well, like going to Nationals and everything (may I just add that at least one of our instructors if not both have been to every single show we have been going to ) it all starts to fall apart...
     
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    10-03-2010, 07:49 AM
  #2
Green Broke
How sad for you guys. I'm proud to hear you are helping them fight.
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    10-03-2010, 11:52 AM
  #3
Green Broke
In reality....riding lesson barns actually don't make money hand over fist. First of all you have land taxes, equipment to upkeep, electricity (and water) bills, feed to buy, people to pay, horse related bills(vet/farrier/deworming)...the list goes on. That all has to come out of people boarding their horses at the barn, which is doesn't sound like because of the condition of it.

Glad to hear you are trying to help them out, but how long is that fundraiser money going to last? If they are good coaches, they should be able to find another barn to coach at.
     
    10-03-2010, 02:20 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB
In reality....riding lesson barns actually don't make money hand over fist.
I understand this. This is probably our barns downfall, is that no one keeps their horses there - they only give lessons. We are the only 3 that pay for "boarding" a horse there (we are actually leasing a horse each), so we are paying for boarding and for lessons. Our one instructor is also a farrier, so that's another part of their income.

The other fancier barns have both a riding school system plus they are a boarding facility. The one barn keeps really really good horses there.

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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB
Glad to hear you are trying to help them out, but how long is that fundraiser money going to last?
I know that the fund raising isn't going to help feed all of the horses, etc. But at least it can help somewhere. We are letting our instructors choose what they want to do with the money, whether it be feeding a few of the horses or improving a part of the barn or even saving it somewhere for in case something happens.

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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB
If they are good coaches, they should be able to find another barn to coach at.
Hmm...my mom also mentioned this as well, that if they could go give lessons at other places or even private lessons or something like that. I've actually told myself that if they do close down and have to sell all of the horses, I'm going to buy Night Heat (the horse I'm leasing) move her to a boarding stable close to my home and then hire out one of my instructors twice a week to train me. At least that way I will still get their training and will also be helping them a little as well.
     
    10-03-2010, 02:55 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I totally understand you. Our barn isn't fancy our horses aren't amazing bout our coaches are awsome aswell as the BO. The place I am at is amazing its like another family I would be heartbroken if theyt had to close
     
    10-08-2010, 10:53 AM
  #6
Green Broke
We are going to keep trying! We can't let them, lol if they try sell any of the horses, we should sit in the driveway and protest!!
     
    10-08-2010, 10:59 AM
  #7
Banned
It's admirable that you want to help, but realistically how long do you think your fundraising and dribbles here and there will keep them afloat?

Expenses are ongoing for a lesson barn, and it seems to me that these people just don't have the income to continue.

As long as they're willing to keep you on, wherever they go, what's the big deal about a bunch of buildings? People make a place enjoyable, not the actual buildings.

If they have to sell their horses, they have to sell them. Being youngsters, you don't understand that sometimes income doesn't cover expenses, and hard choices have to be made.
     
    10-08-2010, 01:24 PM
  #8
Yearling
You should be much more concerned about feeding the horses than anything else
     
    10-08-2010, 01:43 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer
As long as they're willing to keep you on, wherever they go, what's the big deal about a bunch of buildings? People make a place enjoyable, not the actual buildings.

If they have to sell their horses, they have to sell them. Being youngsters, you don't understand that sometimes income doesn't cover expenses, and hard choices have to be made.
This is absolutely true, but it will never be the same if they have to move to another place and sell more than half the horses, if not all of them. And yes, even as youngsters we do understand this, and being youngsters it's even worse because there's nothing we can really do about it, simply because of the fact that we are children...but in our own way we are trying to help, and yes, I know these little fundraisers aren't going to help much, but it's something ain't it?

If they do close down, life can easily go on for us (although I'd hate not riding there anymore), but life will be very different for our instructors. Life for them will be difficult then, because they have a 1 year old son and and will only be living on the money that our one instructor gets from doing farrier work. That's the reality of the situation, and we understand that. That is why we are trying so hard to help raise some money for them, so at least it will help SOMEHOW.
     
    10-08-2010, 02:44 PM
  #10
Banned
And as I said, that's admirable.

However, do you plan to fundraise indefinitely? My guess is no. You have your schoolwork and other things in life to deal with.

You really don't have any idea what the costs are associated with keeping a place running. Just paying for a home is expensive enough. Add in the cost of trying to keep horses and a barn on top of that, and your donations are only putting off the inevitable.

If your instructors can't or won't find other employment, it's not really up to you children to 'save' them. I'm surprised they'd even condone such a thing. Are they even aware you're trying to do this?

They're adults; they made their own decisions about what they wanted to do in life. If it's come back to bite them in the tushies, that's life and they're learning a hard lesson.
     

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